Classroom Management

The Buzz On Cicadas: Cross-Curricular Activities

By Phil Nast April 22, 2013 10:13 am

In his memoir Naturalist, E.O. Wilson describes how he decided to become an ant expert. He was originally drawn to flies, a particular family of long-legged green and blue flies that appeared, he thought, “like animated gemstones,” but the …

Education policy

A Chardon High School Teacher’s Reflections on School Safety, One Year Later

By Tammy Segulin February 27, 2013 9:39 am

We always say, “We never thought it would happen here.” Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. When this kind of violence came to my community, and my school, we all said the same thing. How could anyone ever think something like …


Education technology

Should Students Be Allowed Access to iPads and Computers During Standardized Tests?

By Daniel Cox April 19, 2013 10:49 am

As teachers in the 21st century, we are expected by our schools, districts, states, and even country to utilize technology within the classroom.  We use the Internet, smart boards, video projectors, computers, iPads, iPods, and a myriad of other forms …


Lily's Blackboard

I’m proud

By Lily Eskelsen October 28, 2014 4:59 pm

Will you change your Facebook and Twitter backgrounds to match mine? Download a Facebook image or a Twitter image by right clicking the links above and selecting “save as.” (ZIP files) You’ll need to unzip them before uploading them. I’m proud of our education voters …


AM News: Torlakson/Tuck Spending Surpasses Governor’s Race X3

Schools chief race most expensive statewide race EdSource Today: The battle for California's State Superintendent of Public Instruction race is now the most expensive statewide race this year, surpassing spending in even the Governor's race by three times, and it is …
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This Week In Education

High-achieving teacher sues state over evaluation labeling her ‘ineffective’

Sheri G. Lederman has been teaching for 17 years as a fourth-grade teacher  in New York’s Great Neck Public School district. Her students consistently  outperform state averages on math and English standardized tests, and  Thomas Dolan, the superintendent of Great…
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Answer Sheet

TEP–even roses have thorns

I’ve been reporting this week on The Equity Project’s (TEP’s) success at achieving remarkable student outcomes by massively raising teacher salaries while making other cuts to remain budget-neutral. Even great success does not mean that everything went perfectly. Perhaps the most …
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Profit of Education

The problem with tests that are not standardized

We know all about the many problems with standardized tests. But what about non-standardized tests? Is there a problem with them, too? Alfie Kohn (, who is the author of 13 books, believes that there is in, as he explains…
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Answer Sheet

UC Berkeley won’t let students cancel Bill Maher commencement speech

Last May, students and alumni from the Harvard Graduate School of Education sought to get Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston disinvited as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker because they disagreed with his embrace of standardized test-based school reform. Johnston wound up…
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Answer Sheet

Charles M. Blow on “The Ebola Hysteria”

I admit to being surprised that this column in today's New York Times was not featured in the pundit roundup, nor have I seen anything else written about it. I think people should read it.  As is the case with …
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